Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Durlston Country Park NNR
Lighthouse Road
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2JL
England

Website

www.durlston.co.uk

E-mail

info@durlston.co.uk

Telephone

01929 424443

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Durlston Country Park
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Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.

With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see and do.

Durlston Castle features interactive exhibits for all the family about the wildlife and geology of Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, while the Fine Foundation Gallery, within the Castle, host an everchanging series of art, craft, scientific or historical exhibtions and a varied programme of performance and other events.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

10.00am - 4.00 (1st Nov - Easter Holidays)
10.00am - 5.00 (Easter Holidays - 31st October)

Admission charges

N/A.

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Additional info

An offroad wheelchair and Tramper electric buggies are available for less mobile visitors - to book or for more information, please call 01929 424443, visit www.durlston.co.uk or email info@durlston.co.uk

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Fine Foundation Gallery

'Ten Days in May': Purbeck Footprints Photography Exhibition

  • 11 — 20 May 2015

An exhibition celebrating the varied wildlife and landscapes of the Isle of Purbeck through the lens of wildlife and landscape photographer Julian Sawyer from 'Purbeck footprints,

In the Fine Foundation Gallery

Daily 11.00-4.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of Charge

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photograph of Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach Clean

  • 26 April 2015 2-4pm *on now

Join the Durlston Rangers to help keep Swanage Beach beautiful. Gloves and bags provided. Meet outside Bull and Boat restaurant (north end of Swanage Beach).

N.B. March and April times TBC.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 12 August 2015 9-10:30pm
  • 21 August 2015 8:30-10:30pm
  • 19 September 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and the chance to use telescopes to view the sky at night.

April: The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Lyrid meteors and the Spring Constellations.

12 August: The Perseids metor shower, Saturn, the Milky Way and Summer Constellations.

21 August: The Moon, Saturn, Star Clusters, the Milky Way and Summer Constellations.

19 September: The Moon, Saturn, Galaxies and Autumn Constellations.

Meet at the Learning Centre.

Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Wildflower walk

Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers

  • 26 April 2015 2:30-4pm *on now

Join botanist Ted Pratt to enjoy some of Durlston's rare and beautiful spring flowers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 2 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 16 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 May 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 6 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 27 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 July 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 1 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 8 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 15 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 18 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 22 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 29 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 12 September 2015 10:30-11:30am

Discover the beauty and strangeness of these creatures of the night, as we rummage through last night's moth trap

Meet at Durston Castle: Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Tilly Whim

'Life on the Edge-Seabirds of Durlston

  • 3 May 2015

Join a Ranger for a stroll along the clifftop to find out about life in Durlston's nationally important seabird colonies.

Meet at the Castle: 2.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk

Peregrine at Durlston

Clifftop Tour

  • 7 May 2015 11-11:30am
  • 21 May 2015 11-11:30am
  • 4 June 2015 11-11:30am
  • 18 June 2015 11-11:30am
  • 2 July 2015 11-11:30am

Enjoy a half-hour guided stroll along the cliffs-Guillemots, Peregrines, Ravens and more...

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations welcome.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=8&id=4&evnt_id=1127

Seabird cruise

Seabird Boat Trip

  • 8 May — 26 June 2015

Join the Durlston Rangers for a cruise along the Jurassic Coast. Guillimots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, geology and more.

Every Friday evening from 8th May until the 26th June.

Meet at Poole Quay 6.00pm
or Swanage Pier: 7.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £16.50, Children £8.50.

To book call: City Cruises, Poole on 01202 467882
or visit www.citycruisespool.com

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=141&id=4

Nature Nursery

Nature Nursery Open Day

  • 9 May 2015 10am-12pm

A Chance for your children to try out our Nature Nursery. Explore Durlston, meet our friendly staff and ask questions.

For more information visit: www.kidslovenature.co.uk.

Meet at the Learning Centre:

Admission

FREE

Spring flower Walk

Spring Flower Walk

  • 10 May 2015 2:30-4pm

Join botanist, Ted Pratt, to discover Durlston's late spring flowers, including orchids.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Durlston Castle

Castle Tour

  • 12 May 2015 10:30-11am
  • 19 May 2015 10:30-11am
  • 2 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 16 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 30 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 14 July 2015 10:30-11am

A half hour tour of recently restored Durlston Castle.

Meet at the Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

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